Pompey stadium capacity wait continues

Pompey are hopeful of restoring Fratton Park to a 20,000-plus capacity
Pompey are hopeful of restoring Fratton Park to a 20,000-plus capacity

Mark Catlin has shrugged off the ongoing wait to boost Fratton Park’s capacity.

And Pompey’s chief executive insists he remains ‘quietly confident’ of a satisfactory outcome.

Catlin told The News in September the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) was closing in on delivering its verdict.

The club are eyeing restoring Fratton Park to a 20,000-plus capacity having been reduced to 18,204 in the summer of 2013 following a safety inspection.

Essential work carried out during the close season had left Pompey optimistic of earning a safety certificate taking it closer to its previous 21,178 capacity.

But they are still awaiting news.

Catlin said: ‘We are just waiting for the final decision on that and that is due in the next few weeks.

‘I don’t want to pre-empt what they are going to say but I have said from the start we are quietly confident we can get the capacity back up.

‘There is no delay, with anything in safety and security issues it has to be done properly and we wouldn’t expect anything less from our safety advisory board. We expect them to do their job properly and not rush it.

‘We have presented a safety document to the council and it is literally hundreds of pages deep showing different procedures that can happen on a match day.

‘We’ve put our case across, they have considered it and hopefully we will get approval over the next week or so.’